The purpose of the workshops was to gather African States, and to support their efforts towards ratifying the Convention. The workshops had a particular focus on how States can go about developing national legislation to implement the Convention, and featured substantive presentations by the ICRC and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC).
The workshops were held at the Permanent Mission of New Zealand (Coordinator on national implementation measures) under the joint chairmanship of the Coordinators on Universalization, Ghana and Norway. Norway’s opening statement emphasized the importance of universalizing the Convention, and the wide range of resources and assistance that are available for States that are interested in joining the treaty. Norway also stated that the workshops reflected the strong spirit of partnership that has characterized the Convention on Cluster Munitions, as well as “our desire to extend a helping hand to any State that is interested in becoming Party to the CCM, and in addressing the human suffering caused by cluster munitions.”
Central African Republic, Congo, Djibouti, Guinea; Madagascar, Mauritius, Tanzania, South-Africa, Ghana, Namibia, Uganda were present at the workshops.
Read more about the CCM here.